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I’m sure a lot of you out there share my pain when I say I miss Dexter terribly. Regardless of how you personally feel about it’s conclusion or the various directions the series took over the course of 8 years, it’s hard to deny that it paved the wave for the current crop of genre-accessible television entertainment. And we can all agree that Season 4 has to be one of the greatest seasons of television ever. (I love Season’s 2 and 7 as well.) But there’s still that desire for your “Dexter fix.” I get it. I took solace in the Jeff Lindsay novels. I’d tried reading them while the show was in progress, but it started to get a bit difficult to follow along with the vastly radical directions both mediums were taking the characters in. (Dexter has a baby boy on the show, in the books its a baby girl, »
- Rob Galluzzo
While he isn't making feature films at the moment, that doesn't mean Steven Soderbergh doesn't like to play with them. We've seen him mashup Alfred Hitchcock and Gus Van Sant's "Psycho," and now he's toying with a massive cultural touchstone of the 1980s. Soderbergh decided to take Steven Spielberg's "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" and drape a new score on top—mostly consisting of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' work for David Fincher's "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"—and then turned the whole movie into monochrome black-and-white. Why? Here's an excerpt from Soderbergh's blog post: I value the ability to stage something well because when it’s done well its pleasures are huge, and most people don’t do it well, which indicates it must not be easy to master (it’s frightening how many opportunities there are to do something »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There has rarely been a better time to be a fan of the horror genre on television with a bumper crop of horror shows currently hitting our screens. Some shows like Supernatural or American Horror Story weave something original out of various different sources such as old folk tales, mythology and horror films. Then there are the others which are rooted in literary fiction, taking their monsters from the page and bringing them vividly to life on screen.
Whether it's a story of serial killers, monsters or things that go bump in the night, we're taking a look at the books that inspired several of today's horror shows...
With two big films at the Toronto International Film Festival, it would be easy for that to get to your head, butReese Witherspoon was conscious that her film, The Good Lie, was bigger than herself: "This has nothing to do with you, Reese."
At the press conference for the film, French-Canadian director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) agreed, and Witherspoon recalled a conversation where the director said, "I really like you and respect you, Reese, but this movie has nothing to do with that."
It's about the Lost Boys and Girls of South Sudan.
In The Good Lie, Witherspoon plays an American who is assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, and Emmanuel Jal) who are relocating to the United States. The film also stars Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris, "House of Cards"), and is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Glazer -- both of »
- Sasha James
Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.
Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.
Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art »
Get ready for some horror! From the producers of the “Halloween” and “Final Destination” franchises comes “Free Fall.” The film, coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 28, features the directorial debut of Malek Akkad, the producer of the “Halloween” franchise, and stars D.B. Sweeney, Sarah Butler, Ian Gomez, and screen legend Malcolm McDowell. The film is described as doing “for elevators what Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ did for showers.” “A top executive is killed in an apparent suicide leap from the skyscraper headquarters of Gault Capital. But when the dead man’s loyal protégé Jane Porter (Butler) uncovers some startling criminal evidence, the corporation calls in their “crisis manager” Frank (Sweeney) to [ Read More ]
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Every once in a while, you’ll hear the details of an event that sounds so, so awesome, that it takes you a moment to properly process what you just heard. Such was the case when my friend Monica invited me to join her for what was being billed as “The Big Picture: Hitchcock!” – A tribute to the great Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors of all time, and more importantly a tribute to all the wonderful music that has been created for his masterpieces. The concert took place at the legendary Hollywood Bowl theater on August 31st, 2014 with composer David Newman (son of the great Alfred Newman) leading the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to perform live music from select scenes of 12 Hitchcock pictures.
The performers took to the stage to the narration that opens the record Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Music To Be Murdered By,” which immediately set the fun »
- Rob Galluzzo
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Feast: The first official images from Disney's upcoming short film Feast have been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the meal times he and Winston share; it will play in front of Big Hero 6, in theaters on November 7. [Collider] February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at a prep school for girls, where two students are mysteriously stranded during winter break. [Variety] Seventh Son Trailer: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore star in Seventh Son, the...
- Peter Martin
Feast: Disney's short film Feast will play in front of Big Hero 6 when it opens in theaters on November 7. The first official images have now been released, focusing squarely on a man's best friend, a dog named Winston. The short will track the development of the human's love life through the mealtimes that he shares with Winston. [Collider] February: Emma Roberts (We're the Millers) and Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) will star in the horror-thriller February. Osgood Perkins, son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho), wrote the script and will direct. The story is set at a prep school for girls, where two students are mysteriously stranded during winter break. [Variety] Seventh Son Trailer: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore...
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A few casting details are being announced for the horror thriller February. Actress Emma Roberts of "American Horror Story," will star, along with Kiernan Shipka (Carriers). This film will be produced by Unbroken Pictures and Paris Film, Inc. In the film, two women are left alone at an all-girls prep school and an invisible force is looking for a body to possess. February will be developed by Osgood Perkins, the son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho). February will find itself at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Highland Film Group will act as the sales agent. And, the film will begin shooting shortly. Actress Kiernan Shipka.Release Date: Tba. Director/writer: Osgood Perkins. Cast: Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka *more casting details will be announce soon. Source: Press Release. Highland Film Group. 28 Aug. 2014. Subscribe to 28 Days Later: An Analysis Email Subscription
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If you think being alone on Valentine’s Day is scary, the second month of the year just got a lot worse for you.
Emma Roberts and Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka are set to star together in the horror/thriller film February. Osgood Perkins, the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins who himself appeared in Legally Blonde and Star Trek, will write and direct. The story centers on Rose and Kat, two girls mysteriously left alone by their parents at their all-girls prep school during winter break when one becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.
Roberts is no »
- Jake Perlman
"American Horror Story: Coven's" Emma Roberts is getting set to tackle a coming of age horror thriller called February. Read on for the skinny pertaining to when we can watch her come. Man, that sounded dirty.
From the Press Release:
Highland Film Group announced today that Emma Roberts (We're the Millers, "American Horror Story") and Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men," Carriers) will star in the horror/thriller film February. The script is written and directed by Osgood Perkins, the son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins.
February is produced by Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) and Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. (Everly). Highland Film Group will be handling international sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
In February beautiful and haunted Joan makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls »
- Steve Barton
Written and directed by Osgood Perkins, the son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, the film concerns beautiful and haunted Joan, a woman who makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break.
- Ryan Turek
American Horror Story's Emma Roberts and Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka have joined the horror project February. Osgood Perkins, the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, wrote the script and will direct. The story follows two girls whose parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break at their prep school. As a haunted woman named Joan makes a bloody pilgrimage to the prestigious girls' school, the stranded duo become plagued by terrifying visions and possessed by an unseen evil force. The project is produced by Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino, and Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. Highland Film
- Rebecca Ford
Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!
Four horror tales centering on haunted house. Well made and acted, an exploitable entry for general dualler markets, but rather mild for more bloodthirsty horror audience. Could have had class potential except for the title. Ok boxoffice future overall. Rating: Gp.
Its sanguine title notwithstanding, The House That Dripped Blood aims at quiet chills rather than boisterous thrills, taking the form of four horror stories of varying quality centering on an accursed country house. Production, direction and acting are of a high standard, although the stories written by Psycho's Robert Bloch lack the sensational aspects to wholly satisfy the present blood‑and‑guts horror market. In fact, were it not for the title, this could be a fairly »
- Joe Dante
Any Hitchcock fan has no doubt looked carefully while watching one of his movies in order to spot his infamous cameos. Hitchcock’s earlier cameos are especially hard to catch, and so Youtube user Morgan T. Rhys put together this video compiling every cameo Alfred Hitchcock ever made.
Hitchcock made a total of 39 self-referential cameos in his films over a 50 year period. Four of his films featured two cameo appearances (The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog UK), Suspicion, Rope, and Under Capricorn). Two recurring themes featured Hitchcock carrying a musical instrument, and using public transportation.
The films are as follows:
The Lodger (1927), Easy Virtue (1928), Blackmail (1929),Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935),Sabotage (1936), Young and Innocent (1937), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rebecca(1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Suspicion (1941),Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945),Notorious (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Rope (1948), Under Capricorn (1949),Stage Fright (1950), Strangers on a Train »
Varèse Sarabande Records will release the Bates Motel - Original Television Series Soundtrack, featuring the original score composed by Chris Bacon, digitally and on CD August 25th. We have all the details you need right here.
Chris Bacon burst onto the film-scoring scene with his full throttled score for Duncan Jones’ hit thriller Source Code. He earned his first Emmy® Award Nomination for the underscore for the second half of NBC’s "Smash" Season 1.
“In my early conversations with the show's producers about the score's direction, they made it clear that we are not trying to re-create or pay homage to the original Psycho, which was good news because that's one of the most iconic and recognizable scores of all time and my attempts to »
- Debi Moore
Alfred Hitchcock was the most famous director who ever lived, perhaps because he had an instinct for self-promotion. He created a wry comedic persona --the director who winks at the audience as he sets out the scare the bejeezus out of them. (See the infamous "Psycho" promo below in which the director gives us a tour of the Bates Motel, shower and all.) He also was known for putting himself in a cameo --often wittily--in almost every film. Even "Lifeboat"! Check out another video below, which collects all his cameos. »
- Anne Thompson
Like Jerry’s installment yesterday, I too tend to write with a playlist blasting in the background. As a musical theatre performer and a former coffee-shop cover singer, music plays a major part in my life. My music tastes are all over the board, but my writing playlists tend not to really click with what most people would assume is played when analyzing horror films. My favorite bands aren’t even on this list, because my “writing mix” is very specific to my writing process. It’s weird. I almost can’t listen to my all time favorite bands when I write because then I become distracted. I love finding new and undiscovered talents and I’m a sucker for female covers, but most of my songs are, well, you be the judge. -Bj Colangelo
1) Pogo: “Skynet Symphony”
I can’t speak highly enough of Pogo. The guy makes his »
- BJ Colangelo
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